Lake Washington Institute of Technology Awards Honorary Degree to Robert Tjossem


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

Kirkland, Wash. – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech)’s  Board of Trustees have awarded Robert Tjossem an Honorary Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding Technology for his years of leadership, philanthropy and partnership with LWTech. The announcement was made this morning the LWTech Foundation’s annual fundraising event, the Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast.

In 2015, Tjossem and his wife, Linda, created “The Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund” to support hardworking, highly motivated students at LWTech. With their continued generosity, this fund has grown to $350,000, and provides fourteen annual scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to students.

Tjossem’s involvement in workforce education began nearly 50 years ago when he worked as a young Assistant Attorney General in the Education Division. He soon rose to head the division, representing the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Community College System. Following this success, Tjossem returned to the Kirkland community and became a partner at the Livengood Firm, serving as general counsel for the Lake Washington School District (LWSD), which at the time owned and operated the “Voc-Tec” that later became LWTech. In addition to Tjossem’s support for hands-on, practical career training, he has also had a keen and lifelong interest in welding. Tjossem and his wife currently reside in North Bend, Washington.

“We are grateful for the many years of support that Mr. Tjossem has given LWTech. Bob’s philanthropic leadership, in establishing The Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, has allowed us to be able to continue providing the rigorous, hands-on training needed to prepare our students for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities,” said LWTech President, Dr. Amy Morrison.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.